9 Replies Latest reply on Feb 8, 2013 2:16 PM by bradlycox

    Differences between ZedBoard and Xilinx Zynq-7000 SoC ZC702 Evaluation Kit

    sticken

      Hello everybody!

      What are the main differences between these two development board? ZedBoard costs 395$, while the Evaluation Kit by Xilinx costs 895$ and I can't understand this evident difference.

      Thank you.

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          bhfletcher
                  

          Xilinx ZC702

            
             

          Avnet/Digilent ZedBoard

            
             

          Price

            
             

          $895

            
             

          $475

            
             

          Xilinx Part        XC7Z020-1CLG484C(ES)

            
             

            
             

            
             

          Configuration
                  1) Onboard configuration circuitry
                  2) Quad SPI Flash
                  3) SD Card
                  4) JTAG Connector

            
             


               SMT2
               128Mb
               8 GB
               √

            
             


               SMT2
               256Mb
               4 GB
               √

            
             

          Memory 

             

              1) RAM
                   2) Quad SPI Flash
                   3) IIC EEPROM

            
             


               DDR3, 1GB, 533MHz
               128Mb
               1KB

            
             


               DDR3, 512MB, 533MHz
               256Mb
               X

            
             

          Communication
                   1) Ethernet
                   2) USB 2.0 OTG Port
                   3) Serial Port (UART2USB)
                   4) CAN

            
             


                10/100/1000
               √ (SMSC PHY)
               √ (SiLabs)
               √

            
             


                10/100/1000
               √  (TI PHY)
               √ (Cypress)
               X

            
             

          Expansion Ports
                   1) FMC
                   2) PMOD Header
                   3) AMS Expansion

            
             


               2x LPC
               12 PL I/Os
               √

            
             


               1x LPC
               8 PS I/Os, 32 PL I/Os
               √

            
             

          User I/O
                   1) LEDS
                   2) Switches
                   3) PBs

            
             


               2 PL
               3 PL
               2 PL

            
             


               1 PS, 8 PL
               8 PL
               2 PS, 5 PL

            
             

          Display and Audio

             

              1) HDMI
                   2) VGA
                   3) OLED
                   4) Audio Codec

            
             


               ADV7511
               X
               X
               X

            
             


               ADV7511
               12-bit color (R-divider)
               128x32
               ADAU1761

            
             

          Power

             

              1) Wall adapter
                   2) Separate PS/PL rails
                   3) Power Monitor

            
             


               12V @ 5A
               √
               All Rails via TI SW

            
             


               12V @ 5A
                X
               12V only

            
          • ISE licences
            sticken

            Thank you for your answers. I saw the differences between the different ISE licensens but I don't know what's the meaning of some tools. For example what is ChipScope Pro and the others that are sold with the Embedded Edition and not sold with the WebPack Edition? Moreover the Software Development Kit is available for the WebPack licence here: http://www.xilinx.com/products/design-tools/ise-design-suite/embedded-edition.htm, while is not available here: http://www.origin.xilinx.com/products/design-tools/ise-design-suite/index.htm.

            Another thing: with vivado can I write C code for the arm A9? I don't want to write C code and translate it in vhdl. I just want to perform some computation on the A9 processor and other computation using the fpga.

            TimDuffy, what do you mean whit "It is all a mater of BSP". I don't know what BSP does mean.

            Thank you.

              • Chipscope is essentially a
                flostog

                Chipscope is essentially a logic analyzer inside the chip.  And a node locked version does come with the Zedboard.

                Microblaze is a soft-processor that you can implement on Xilinx FPGAs.  Not sure what the "Microblaze Microcontroller System" in the webpack is, but I'm guessing a watered down version of the soft processor.  Not really needed on the Zinq since it has the ARM processors.

                So it looks like the only thing you really get with the embedded edition is the unlimited iSim (simulator).  I have never used iSim so I can't comment on it.

                Note that I do not own the zedboard yet.  But at my work we use the full suite of ISE 14.2 tools.

                • BSP stands for Board Support Package
                  bradlycox

                  In my limited understanding it is the low level code that configures the hardware peripherals.